Red Cross: Get Your Hurricane Kit Ready

The American Red Cross is urging people in Eastern Carolina to get ready for Hurricane Irene and its potential impact on our area.

Representatives from the American Red Cross appeared on WITN News at Sunrise with a checklist of what to pack in a hurricane kit.

Here's a comprehensive checklist, courtesy of the American Red Cross:
Water—one gallon per person, per day (3­day supply for evacuation, 2­week supply for home)
Food—non­perishable, easy­to­prepare items (3­day supply for evacuation, 2­week supply for home)
Battery­powered or hand­crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries
First aid kit
Medications (7­day supply) and medical items
Multi­purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Emergency blanket
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Two-­way radios
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
N95 or surgical masks
Rain gear
Work gloves
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Household liquid bleach
Entertainment items
Blankets or sleeping bags

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  • by ECU Alum Location: NJ on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    Why would we include a cell phone charger in the needed essentials list if the power is going to be out? But you'll be fine with your hand crank radio.
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      by MICHELLE on Aug 24, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to ECU Alum
      CAR CHARGER for your phone.
  • by Zach Morris Location: Bayside on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    I've got my 14 loaves of bread and 8 cases of beer, what else do I need?
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      by You're missing a few on Aug 24, 2011 at 04:57 PM in reply to Zach Morris
      Coffee (for morning after hangover), propane torch (for toasting the bread), two extra cases of beer (in case friends come over)
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        by Maria on Aug 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM in reply to You're missing a few
        yep... also something to heat water in & for basic cooking (even over outdoor grill) propane fill-up also useful if you're just likely to lose power. Aluminum foil helps with this (you can even cook vegetables). Start cooking the food in your freezer you'll cry if you lose!
  • by haha on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    bug spay check, 4 pairs of blue jeans check, 5 shirts, 8 pairs of boot sock, 2 pairs water proof boots, truck full of fuel, shot gun and plenty of ammo, check im ready for this storm!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to haha
      Don't forget clean undies.
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        by Buckwheat on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:51 PM in reply to
        Brttney Spears fan.
  • by 45ACP on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Nice list but they left off how to defend yourself if you are the only one in your neighborhood who has all that food, water and cash and someone comes to get it. I guess you can try to hug them.
  • by emergency essentials on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    Gas masks- check, radiation pills- check, three months of food- check, AK-47- check. What am I forgetting??? COLD BEER!
  • by Carolina Girl Location: Pitt County on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    I lived in Hampton Roads during Hurricane Isabelle and we went without power for 11 days so this list is realistic. Bug spray is something to add to it as standing water attracts mosquitos. Also remember if gas stations have no power they can't sell gas and you need gas for generators and vehicles so that became a big problem during that hurricane also.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    After reading that 'red cross' list I realized they forgot something...... at least one maybe two rental moving trucks to put those supplies in.... wow what a list LOL.................. It is good to be prepared folks, more especially with daily meds, water, some food etc.............
  • by Bro Ham Location: Da Beach on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Generally 6 cases of Beer and a bunch of ice works for me...
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      by me on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to Bro Ham
      what are you a big joke you better have your bible out reading it that beer is the devil in all
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        by Beer Me on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:14 AM in reply to me
        Yes, Jesus turned water into WINE, not beer. Beer is evil. Cabernet is GOD's choice of alcohol.
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          by whatever on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:45 PM in reply to Beer Me
          drink on hope the storm dont blow your wine glass or bottle away them you would be left high and dry
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      by me on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:43 AM in reply to Bro Ham
      you sound like a drunk better read the BIBLE
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 08:37 AM in reply to me
        Your job is to pray for him....not judge him. You are just as guilty as you accuse him to be. Judge not lest ye be judged!
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          by WHATEVER on Aug 24, 2011 at 09:05 AM in reply to
          who do you think you are sounds like you need prayer also
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      by Dawg on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to Bro Ham
      Beer will probably sell out before anything else. It is a shame where some people's priorities are.

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